Overview

JEWELS OF HALONG BAY
Halong Bay | 3 Days – 2 Nights

Welcome aboard of Heritage Line in the magnificent Halong Bay.
A medley of limestone pillars, tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
A World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scenery is a visualization of ethereal beauty.

Our Halong Bay cruises are offered with our vessels Heritage Line Jasmine or Heritage Line Violet.

Please find our most updated itineraries in the download section.

Program

Day 1:

Get acquainted with the facilities on board as we set sail and cruise into the bay. Savour your first hours in Halong Bay on the sun deck and simply let your eyes wander over the breathtaking scenery.

We arrive at Cua Van, one of the last remaining floating fishing village in Halong Bay which some families and fishermen still use as a base for their fishing and aquacultural activities.

With a small bamboo boat rowed by locals, we have a look at the floating structures in this calm and secluded area to gain some insight into village life. If you prefer to be more active, rent a kayak (extra fee) and paddle around by yourself. This is the perfect way to freely move about and explore this part of the bay.

The fishing village also hosts the Cua Van Cultural Center, operated by local residents to preserve and introduce visitors to the village’s history and culture. On display are many archaeological artifacts and photographs depicting life in Cua Van.

By tender, we transfer to the nearby Tien Ong cave. The cave shows evidence of human civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. Fossil evidence also proves that the cave was part of the mainland continent ages ago before Halong Bay became the marine wonder it is today. Tien Ong cave reaches a depth of 50 metres and covers a total area of roughly 1,000 square metres. Follow our guide as we loop though and learn interesting details about this cavern.

After returning to the boat, we sail to the overnight mooring area. During this time - the magical “blue hour” - Halong Bay reveals its true, magnificent beauty. Unwind on the sun deck with your favourite drink and be fully present in this moment. As we sail along, our chef demonstrates the preparation of popular Vietnamese dishes. You are welcome to join and practice along; remember these easy, but very tasty classic Vietnamese recipes and take them back home with you.

After a bit of downtime, dinner is served. Aboard Heritage Line Jasmine, you can enjoy a terrace deck barbecue feast with a side buffet (or set menu). If you cruise on Heritage Line’s luxurious Violet, an à la carte menu is served with choices of tasty international or local dishes.

If you are still eager to learn more about Halong Bay, our on-board guide offers an enlightening presentation about the bay’s unique and intriguing insights after dinner. Alternatively, give yourself a try at squid fishing together with our staff - always an entertaining experience.

While away the rest of the evening and treasure this special moment amidst the magical landscapes before falling into a restful slumber in the middle of Halong Bay where, once upon a time, sparkling jewels cascaded from heavenly dragons.

Day 2:

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, which is available with pastries in the dining room. If you wish to begin your day active, join the early morning Tai Chi class on the sun deck and merge with the surrounding scenery - a truly unique experience.

For today’s exciting explorations we board our cozy day boat, called Sunset. Breakfast is served as Sunset sails for Sung Sot, the largest cave in Halong Bay. With an astonishing area of 10,000 square meters, Sung Sot is comprised of two chambers. The outer chamber welcomes visitors with stalactites acting as chandeliers hanging from the 30-metre (98 ft) high ceiling. A connecting 3-metre (10 ft) wide path then opens onto the inner chamber, known as the grand “opera house”. This magnificent room features a clear pond, plentiful plant-life, splendid stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations formed over millions of years, and the chorus of birds singing, water flowing and sometimes, monkeys frolicking.

Back aboard Sunset, you can relax on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned dining area with a tasty “cafe sua da” before having the opportunity to explore the marine landscape on your own via kayak. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom while meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets.

Sunset continues the journey to a floating pearl farm. We learn how the various kinds of pearls cultivated here are grown, harvested and processed. Watch as a skilled technician uses precision tools to carefully and gently open an oyster before implanting a seed and returning it into the water. The odds of success are low and the fascinating process requires several years, but if mother nature gives her blessing, the oyster then produces a gorgeous round gemstone. After the visit, we leisurely sail back to the mothership, where you have time for sunbathing, a relaxing spa treatment or, of course, the must-watch “blue hour”.

Enjoy your dinner aboard (subject to the vessel you are cruising on – see our dining options from Day 1) and afterwards, join our crew once again in catching squid, which we are happy to prepare for you fresh as a late night snack. Our bar is open late and eager to serve a drink of your choice as you relax on a lounger and enjoy the serenity of Halong Bay before retiring for the night.

Day 3:

For early risers, tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dining room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to awaken your mind and muscles. In the morning, we set sail to the small Ti Top Island. Formerly named Cat Nang, the island received a name change after former president Ho Chi Minh and the second man to orbit the Earth, Russian astronaut German Titov, toured Halong Bay together in 1962. Since the cosmonaut was so fascinated with this picturesque islet, Uncle Ho would rename the spectacle Ti Top Island to honour Titov and as a gesture of friendship between their two countries.

One arriving at Ti Top, you can go for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath towering rock formations. If you prefer to be a bit more active, climb 400 stone steps (which takes about 20 minutes) to the island’s top and be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views over the bay. There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great vistas framed by lush greenery – perfect for photos.

Back on board, you can take a shower and freshen up. Now is the time to enjoy the final moments of sailing as we head back to the harbour while breakfast is served. Until we reach the pier, relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savouring the last views of this iconic site.

How long does the transfer take from Hanoi to Halong Bay ?
It takes around 3 hours from Hanoi City to Halong Bay (or vice versa) by shuttle bus or private car. Please be aware of that in order to arrange your flight schedule accordingly and plan in enough time.

What time is the check-in / check-out ?
Boarding time is between 11:30am to 12:30pm. Check-out and embarkation time is 11:00am.

Where is the embarkation point?
Our guests embark or disembark at the Tuan Chau Pier. Please see detailed embarkation info in the download section. www.heritage-line/download

Do you have kayaking included in itinerary?
Kayaking is only included in the two night cruise “Jewels of Halong Bay” (on the second cruise day). For the one day cruise (Dragon Passage) Kayak is available at extra cost.

Is it possible to put extra bed in a cabin?
Extra bed is available for all categories on our vessel Violet only (rooms on our Jasmine vessel do not allow extra bed).

Are there transfers available?
Private or shuttle transfers can be booked with our reservation team. Please contact reservation@heritage-line.com

We will arrive at Halong Bay later than the normal embarkation time or need to leave earlier – what can we do?
In case you check in late or check out earlier we offer optional tender boat transfer from/to the Tuan Chau Pier. Tender boat transfer costs extra and is not included in the cruise price.

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